June 23, 2018
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SailMaine names new executive director

Executive Director at SailMaine, Janet Acker


PORTLAND, Maine — The SailMaine Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Falmouth resident Janet Acker as its new executive director.

SailMaine has been helping sailors young and old get out on the water to enjoy educational, recreational and competitive sailing opportunities since 1996.

With an array of professional, small business, and nonprofit experience, Acker brings educational advocacy and consulting, entrepreneurial leadership, technology innovation, and a lifetime of East and West Coast sailing experience to SailMaine.

As an avid sailor, Acker’s extensive experience in sailing, management, finance, strategic planning, teaching, technology, and program development make her a natural fit for the organization. Her sailing and racing experience has taken her to Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Chesapeake, the coast of Maine, Washington, southern California and British Columbia.

“Janet was the unanimous choice of the board,” SailMaine founder Chris Robinson said. “With her leadership, the organization will be entering a period of significant development to support our mission, our programs and sailors, and our influence and effectiveness as an advocate for access for all to the coast of Maine.”

SailMaine is a nonprofit, community sailing program that connects people of all ages and abilities to the coast of Maine through fun and affordable sailing education, recreation, and competition, which stimulates individual growth and creates community. SailMaine’s website is sailmaine.org.


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